Santa Fe New Mexican

Pentagon chief in favor of deploying U.S. missiles to Asia


Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that he was in favor of deploying ground-based missiles to Asia, a day after the United States formally pulled out of a Cold Warera arms treaty that directly limited such weapons.

Esper, speaking to reporters on his way to Australia, said he would like to see the deployment within months.

Such a move would be likely to anger China and North Korea, and most likely prompt further consternat­ion from allies that Washington was veering dangerousl­y close to starting a new arms race.

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